Cassi Claire » Wedding Photographer serving NYC, NJ, PA, CT, NY

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  • Well, hey there good lookin'! Welcome to one of my dearest places on the world wide web, the home of all my favorite photos! Feel free to click around and get to know me a bit better! I'll give you a head start...I'm addicted to cereal, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and sushi. I’m married to the most incredible man in the world, and we live in New Jersey with our two kitties. I love LOVE and smiles, and I can't wait to hear your love story!

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I’m quite a bit late in blogging this, seeing as today is the final day for applications…but it’s never too late to get excited for a FREE photography workshop! I’m so stinkin’ happy to be a part of this amazing free workshop experience designed to help photographers grow their new business! We all started our careers with big dreams and little resources, which is why it is so important to us to give back to the local photography community. If you are a fellow dreamer ready to take the next step, we’d love for you to join us at IGNITE!

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Let the countdown begin! :)

Not only is this one of my favorite engagement sessions ever, but Pamela and Ryan are quickly becoming one of my favorite couples! From Pamela’s first email I knew we were meant to be! A love story between photographer and bride haha!! Speaking of love stories, you have GOT to hear how Ryan proposed to Pamela! I mean, c’mon…this is how movies are made!

“Our engagement story begins well before our actual engagement day, on Valentine’s day of all days. Ryan presents me with a small gift box, but not before explaining that this gift, “is not what I think it is.”  I open the gift to find a key, that I’m further instructed to keep on my keychain. I immediately think…ENGAGEMENT…but then remember the whole “it’s not what you think it is.”  Key goes on the key ring, and I try to forget about it (Emphasis on “try”).

Nearly a month later, here I am at work…a typical Friday…crunching to meet a business proposal deadline.  My boss stops by my desk mid-morning to ask me, “So what are the odds we can get this thing out by 3pm?”  He goes on to detail this elaborate story about how IT was synching the network at 5pm, so he wanted to be sure we sent everything to the printers just in case the connection was somehow lost in the process. The President of our company even stopped by to corroborate the story asking, “So do you all know when the servers are going down?” – Nice touch.

Meanwhile, I’m furiously working through lunch, and at the exact moment I start printing the final proposal package, our courier drops off a package at my desk. I pick up the GINORMOUS box that looks like it’s busting at the seams only to find it’s super light!  I actually turn to my co-worker and say, “this must be a joke…because I’m pretty sure there isn’t anything in here.”  I think I even threw it up in the air a few times before I finally opened it and pulled out what seemed to be endless bubble wrap. (Did I order one pen or something?)  Lo and behold, tucked away in the far back corner is a small chest, locked shut.

Almost immediately I say, “Oh my god, I have a key!” Key opens box, and lying inside is a little hand drawn map and luggage tag. The tag talks about starting our journey and tells me to go to the spot where we had our first date.  I flip over the tag to read, “Don’t worry, I already talked to the boss…you can leave.” We had our first date at Paulo’s in Georgetown (DC), so I half run/half fast walk to the little spot, all the while giggling to myself (I’m sure I looked completely crazy)…only to find he’s not there. At first I imagine he’s stuck in traffic, then think twice and reread the little tag…which explains that I must ask the bartender for another clue.  I do…and now I’m off to where we met – the bar in Virginia.  I got my next clue, which says, “So do you want to go on this journey with me? Head home and pack your bags.”  Immediately I think to myself….it’s a trip, not an engagement! Now I’m racing home cause who knows if I have to pack, if I have to meet him at the airport…I’m freaking out. I get home, only to open the door and see rose petals and candles. I break down…and he’s there with our trip itinerary (Turks & Caicos) and the ring! It was the perfect engagement for me!”

Pamela and Ryan have a love affair with NYC and while neither of them actually live here, they feel more at home here than anywhere else. So their decision to host the perfect NYC wedding was an easy one! To celebrate their engagement, we adventured through DUMBO, stopping at Jane’s Carousel first to take in the great views!

Sooo adorable!

We then took a walk down the old railroad tracks on Plymouth St in DUMBO!

Love love love Pamela’s mint pants! They are such a stylish couple!

I had the pleasure of working with One Girl Cookies at Loverly’s birthday party last year, so it was fun to stop by the DUMBO store front! Pamela and Ryan enjoyed a cozy coffee break!

Then we toasted to their future while admiring the Manhattan Bridge!

We ended the session at the intersection of Washington & Water streets. Cobble stone and a view of a bridge? Yes please!

Pamela and Ryan, you guys are so great! I am counting down the days until your wedding next year at the Foundry! <3

Credits // Hair & Make-up by The House of Makeup

 

  • Mikkel Paige Mihlrad - ADORABLE, Cassi! I LOVE this. And her dress twirl at the end is epic! xoReplyCancel

  • The House of Makeup - Amazing work Cassie! The photos look amazing! The House of Makeup is very excited to work with you at the wedding. Let the count down begin! ReplyCancel

What a great day today has been! We beat the rain at today’s engagement session, and Jenna + Brendan’s wedding has been featured on Every Last Detail! Thank you so much to the fabulous Lauren Grove for the feature!! Congratulations to this super fun couple for having some serious planning skills! Jenna gave some great planning tips in this featured post – check it out!

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If I could photograph only farm weddings from now until eternity, I’d have a life of bliss! The beauty of nature, the adorable animals, and the golden sunlight keep me swooning! Matt and Heather hosted their wedding at the Inn at Westwood Farm in Orange, VA. We couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect day! Plus, it was a super fun reunion for Chris and I! We both used to work with the bride Heather and her bridesmaid Kerri at CAMP-of-the-WOODS in the Adirondack mountains of NY! Kerri and I were actually pen-pals for a long time and then roomies for a couple years. I loved getting to celebrate with them all day, and witness the love between Heather and her new husband Matt. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect partner in crime for Heather!

Meet Giselle – the most adorable donkey I’ve ever seen! We’ll see more of her later! :)

How cute are these little Toms the ring bearer wore? Uh-dorable!

Love all the girls reactions to seeing Heather in her wedding dress!

Heather’s dad was looking so stylish with his bowtie!

So sweet and beautiful!

Matt and his groomsmen spent the morning at the Inn on Poplar Hill, which had the perfect southern front porch!

These short cotton bridesmaids’ dresses were perfect for a farm wedding!

This sail cloth tent was amazing! It feels so grand yet still so inviting…

Guests hanging out with Giselle before the ceremony! Also, the groom’s parents built that arbor themselves – isn’t it amazing?! I could never do that!

Matt and Heather chose to plant a tree to symbolize their unity. Like a tree, a marriage must have strong roots and resilience against all weather and storms. You can read more about it here!

It was like the sun was waiting all day just for this moment!

Looooooooove this perfect moment! Donkey, sunset, couple in love…check, check, check!

Guests enjoyed cocktails at the barn, games of corn-hole and croquet, and a magical sunset!

We were spoiled by this fantastic blue grass band all night long!

The couple exited through a tunnel of sparklers and cheers! Heather and Matt, thank you so much for inviting me into this time in your lives! May your marriage be full of love and adventure! :)

Credits // Ceremony & Reception Site: Inn at Westwood Farms // Catering: Harvest Moon // Groom Prep Location: Inn on Poplar Hill // Officiant: Joseph Cole // Flowers: Earl Price (grown by Fishers) // Ceremony Arbore: Mitch and Marty Fisher (Groom’s parents) // Hair & Make-Up: Carrie Coffin // Bride’s Dress: Casablanca Bridal via Belle Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Zigi Soho // Engagement Ring: Helzberg Diamonds // Wedding Rings: Reed’s Jewelers // Ring carrier: DIY Bobby Phillips // Necklace: Cutterstone // Earrings: GemsbyKelley // Bracelet: Lizix26 // Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Sseko Sandals // Groom’s Attire: Joseph A Bank // Invitations: Michael’s // Table Numbers & Escort Cards: DIY // Favors: Blue Sky Oil and Vinegar // Reception Entertainment: Bellevue Rhythmaires // Wedding Cupcakes: Pearl’s Bake Shop // Photography: Cassi Claire // The End!

  • Kelley - Really lovely photos! I stumbled on them after googling the name of my business, Gems by Kelley. Thank you for mentioning my earrings and linking my Etsy shop. It’s a pleasure to be even a tiny part of what was clearly a beautiful wedding.ReplyCancel

Oh Red Maple Vineyard…you might just be my new favorite wedding venue! Alan and Iliza, you guys found one of the dreamiest Hudson Valley wedding locations! It was the perfect place to celebrate your dreamy love! (cue love song) Chris and I were so moved by how emotional this wedding day was. From Iliza’s mom’s toast during the getting ready time to Alan + Iliza’s private First Look to the moment Alan watched his bride walk down the aisle into his arms. But we’ll get to all that! :)

We were greeted by chickens the moment we entered the farm, so I knew this was going to be a good day!

I’m in love with all of Alan and Iliza’s paper goods from AMG Design Co! I especially love how they incorporated their love of whales into their wedding logo and even the envelope liner!

Iliza wore gold Sperry’s – perfect for a farm and vineyard wedding!

“I hope it fits, I hope it fits!”

Two snapshots of two beautiful people almost ready to see each other!

Alan waiting nervously for his bride…

I can’t stop smiling when looking at the photo below! Iliza, you are pure joy!!

What a perfect day on the Hudson!

What a good lookin’ wedding party!! I love the perfectly bright and beautiful colors!

These ombre bridesmaids dresses are amaaaazing!

A wedding is the perfect occasion for a new profile pic with each bestie!

Their guests were greeted with iced tea and lemonade before the ceremony…

Can’t. Stop. Tearing. Up.

We could not have had a more picturesque ceremony overlooking the Hudson valley!

I love catching reactions from parents! So beautiful!

Hoooray!

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour full of seafood to match the couple’s understated “sea” theme!

Inside the escort cards, guests found a drawing of a sea creature which corresponded with their table assignment.

Isn’t this the most gorgeous table setting?!

Alan and Iliza spent hours and hours making 200 jars of homemade pickles as favors for their guests! They were easily the best pickles I’ve ever eaten, and I loooove pickles!

Love this Time Capsule idea in lieu of a traditional guestbook! Wish I had thought of that! :)

Iliza surprised her mom with a mother-daughter dance in remembrance of her father. I tear up reliving this moment!

Coffee and cigars? The party never ends!

Alan and Iliza, you two are perfection! Thank you for choosing me to be a part of your lives and wedding day! Hugs to you both! <3

Oh, and of course! How about a few of my favorite FUNbooth photos to conclude this post?!?!

Credits // Ceremony & Reception Site: Red Maple Vineyard //  Catering: Cornerstone Catering // Officiant: Rev. Paul Whitmore // Floral Artist: The Green Cottage // Bride’s Dress: Augusta Jones via Rana Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Sperry Topsider // The Rings: Klim Jewelry (Elena) // Groom’s Attire: Canali via Ed Mitchells // Groomsmen’s Attire: Bonobos // Ties: Vineyard Vines // Hair Stylist: Studio One Hair Design (Amanda) // Make-Up Artist: Kathy Genchi // Invitations, Programs, Menu Cards, Welcome Cards: AMG Design Co. // Table Numbers, Escort Cards, Guestbook, Favors: DIY // Entertainment: Silver Arrow Band // Coffee: Between Friends Roasting // Photography & FUNbooth: Cassi Claire // The End!

 Cassi Claire is a New Jersey & New York based wedding photographer that would love to capture your wedded bliss in the United States and beyond! For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com! :)

  • Amy Rizzuto - This is gorgeous Cassi!!! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Mikkel Paige Mihlrad - LOVE! Their tables were so fun, love the first look by the swing, bridesmaids in different colors and of course, the dance floor photos. Epic! xoReplyCancel

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